I. Pre-Listening Exercises [Top]

Finding a cheap hotel is important to budget travelers, whether for a Hawaiian honeymoon, adventure travel, or for business. How do you find a budget hotel: online through a hotel reservation Website, in a guidebook, or in the phone book? What questions would you ask if you called to make a hotel reservation?

HELPFUL TIP: Many hotels accept reservations over the Internet, so compare prices and book a room early to avoid problems.

II. Listening Exercises [Top]

Listen to the conversation by pressing the “Play Audio” button and answer the questions. Press the “Final Score” button to check your quiz.

1. The man makes a reservation finally for which day?

A. March 20th

B. March 21st

C. March 22nd
2. What kind of room does the man prefer?

A. a non-smoking room

B. a smoking room

C. either one is okay

3. Why doesn’t he want to reserve the suite?

A. It doesn’t have a nice view.

B. It doesn’t come with a sauna bath.

C. It’s too expensive.

4. Including tax, how much is the man’s room?

A. 80 dollars

B. 88 dollars

C. 96 dollars

5. How do you spell the man’s name?

A. Maxner

B. Maexner

C. Mexner

Score =
Correct answers:

Hotel Clerk: Hello. Sunnyside Inn. May I help you?
Man: Yes, I’d like to reserve a room for two on the 21st of March.

Hotel Clerk: Okay. Let me check our books here for a moment. The 21st of May, right?

Man: No. March, not May.

Hotel Clerk: Oh, sorry. Let me see here. Hmmm.

Man: Are you all booked that night?

Hotel Clerk: Well, we do have one suite available, complete with a kitchenette and a sauna bath. And the view of the city is great, too.

Man: How much is that?

Hotel Clerk: It’s only $200 dollars, plus a 10% room tax.

Man: Oh, that’s a little too expensive for me. Do you have a cheaper room available either on the 20th or the 22nd?

Hotel Clerk: Well, would you like a smoking or a non-smoking room?

Man: Non-smoking, please.

Hotel Clerk: Okay, we do have a few rooms available on the 20th; we’re full on the 22nd, unless you want a smoking room.

Man: Well, how much is the non-smoking room on the 20th?

Hotel Clerk: $80 dollars, plus the 10% room tax.

Man: Okay, that’ll be fine.

Hotel Clerk: All right. Could I have your name, please?

Man: Yes. Bob Maexner.

Hotel Clerk: How do you spell your last name, Mr. Maexner?

Man: M-A-E-X-N-E-R.

Hotel Clerk: Okay, Mr. Maexner, we look forward to seeing you on March 20th.

Man: Okay. Goodbye.

Key Vocabulary [Top]
  • suite (noun): a group of connected rooms at a hotel
    – I decided to reserve a suite for our honeymoon.
  • kitchenette (noun): a very small kitchen
    – My first apartment was very small and only had a kitchenette.